Bill P. Godfrey et al

Thursday, March 08, 2007

You're still young, that's your fault.

This line out of Cat Stevens's Father and Son makes no sense to me at all. How can anyone be responsible for their own age? Is it my fault that I'm 32?

Excuse me while I go insane for a nanosecond.



  • 32 you're old, Bill. So you can rest easy in the knowledge that its not your fault :-)

    Steven B.

    By Anonymous Steven, At 10:59 PM, March 08, 2007  

  • might want to look up the various definitions of "fault". Then the line might make sense to you. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 1:11 AM, March 09, 2007  

  • tying in with our anonymous friend; the next line is "there's so much you have to know" which hints at the meaning.

    The son is young, his youthfulness causing him to lack the knowledge gleaned from the many experiences that life has to teach us. His fault is that he hasn't experienced enough of life yet. Hence, being young is a fault. Just like a blemished complexion, a limp or lazy eye.

    M - of course, we should be calling Mr Stevens "Yusuf Islam" now. And how long is a nanosecond? Would my string beat its length?

    By Blogger M., At 9:27 AM, March 09, 2007  

  • m., 1 nanosecond is 0.000000001 seconds. it is about the time it takes for light to travel one foot.

    Did you not know that? That's a fault of yours then. Demonstrating your point, perhaps.

    However, I don't think Bill was musing of the definition of fault, but whether one can be held responsible for ones age.

    Bill, responsibility is about ownership, and you own all your faults, and age is a fault (ref m. and anonymous), thus it's your fault that you're 32. QED.

    Steven B.

    By Anonymous Steven, At 12:00 PM, March 09, 2007  

  • Wow. Such comprensive answers.
    Many thanks everyone.

    By Blogger Bill P. Godfrey, At 7:10 PM, March 09, 2007  

  • ahh, yes, if you take fault as in 'flaw' rather than blame it DOES make sense! Nobody can be held responsible for their age, so if that line was taken in the 'blame' sense of fault, it would have to be a window to the arrogance of a character!
    But I go with the fault as flaw argument! :)

    By Blogger samsarajade, At 12:35 PM, March 14, 2007  

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